Propagating Bird of Paradise seeds
1. Soak seeds
in lukewarm water for several hours.
2. Scarify seeds
by nicking the outside hard shell with a knife or small file to scratch though in order for the seed
to imbibe water.
3.Place about 1 to 2 cups of vermiculite or a one-to-one volume of peat and perlite, or a ready-mix starter, into a re-closable plastic sandwich bag and thoroughly moisten mixture.
4. plant seed
to a depth of one-half inch and seal the plastic baggy. This will help to keep the soil mixture moist during the germination process. Moisten again if necessary during the germination process.
should germinate in 2 - 3 months. Transplant seedlings
individually into 3" pots when they grow two leaves. You can feed with a diluted liquid fertilizer at this stage.
6. Transplant to a larger pot when the plant outgrows the 3” pot. This step helps to produce a healthier plant. If the plant is to be grown indoors, transplant into a very large pot as the Bird of Paradise can grow as high as 4 feet tall with leaf blades 6 inches wide and 18 inches long.